I've been following Glenn Beck's exploits for a while now, from his take down of Van Jones to his paranoid tirades against AmeriCorp. But Beck hit a new all time high for spewing paranoid nonsense after he went off on comments made by the UK climate chief who said that not eating meat was better for the planet. What's Beck's beef? As he's wont to do, he uses Lord Stern of Brentford's words as an excuse to push his "they're out to get us and take away our last freedoms" agenda. Bentford recently said that, "Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world's resources. A vegetarian diet is better." Stern puts meat production at about 18 percent of global carbon emissions.
Blasphemy, in the world of Beck. The truth is that climate change is already taking away the freedoms of millions who are fleeing stronger storms, longer droughts, and food shortages. If Beck could see past his own prerogative, he'd see that the world is changing around us and we all must pitch in to make a difference. It's not an attack on personal freedoms, it's a dose of reality.
Beck goes on to weirdly praise PETA for its stance on climate change policy and attacks Al Gore, demanding that he put down his cheeseburgers. On Friday, Beck promises that he'll "profile" how the Copenhagen climate talks threaten our national sovereignty. Tune in. Everyone loves a circus.